Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Classic Barrique

Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6 and is aged for 10 months in steel tanks and 5 weeks in oak barrels from winery Anton Bauer in Feuersbrunn. This special lager is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years, older vintages become more complex with a creamy, warm finish. This beer can be served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolates or as an after dinner drink by itself.

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DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 17, 2018
Bottle sample at Milk & Honey Distillery. Bottled in 2017. Nice deep orange-amber. Malt, caramel, toffee, bread, some wood, a bit of vanilla, some alcohol, a bit of spiciness, sweet, medium to full-bodied, rounded. A bit hot but nice.

zvsn (2404) - ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2018
Bottle sample at Milk and Honey distillery, 2016 ed. Almost clear amber brown. Smell of caramel, floral, honey, wood, molasses, alcohol. Sweet, caramel, honey, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, wood, alcoholic warmth, bitter finish. Full bodied, oily, viscous texture. Good.

Johnstledger8 (1463) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 4, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2018 Bottle. Pours a hazy dark ruby red with a quickly fading light beige bubbly head. Aroma is of dark fruits, plums, figs, caramel, treacle, liquorice. Taste is of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, red berries, caramel, slightly boozy finish. Light oily sticky mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

thorongil2 (3630) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2018
(Bottle) clear, bright orange colour with a small white head; thick palate; aroma of buckwheat honey; sweet flavour turning in a long, medium bitter finish, well hidden alcohol

EvNa (649) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
26-12-2017. Bottle. Bottled in 2016. Color: Dark reddish brown. No head. Taste: Very sweet, like syrup. Alcohol, notes of chocolate and hints of caramel, plums and brown sugar. Very nice beer, but a little bit too sweet in my opinion. Very little difference from normal Samichlaus classic bottled in 2013, compared side to side. Just a very little bit more balanced in my opinion.

sawbuck (789) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Sweet, sweet, sweet. Boozy, desert drink at best. Finish is smooth however.

GregMooreNH (373) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2017 Pour is similar to the classic, with just a slight ruby tint to the lager. Aroma adds just a slight difference with the red wine barrel aging. Taste brings the sweet toffee and clover of the original, but with the bite of wine. Finish remains smooth and warming. I enjoy this beer, but not as much as the Classic. Still a "must try."

kajser27 (2132) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 21, 2017
Deep amber to brown colored, small+ beige creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is of malt, caramel, bit candy, raisins and dried fruits, toffee, some toasty and chocolate notes, oaky wood. Taste is very sweet malt, caramel, toffee, again raisins and dried fruit, bit of toast, light chocolate, light+ herbal bitterness, oaky vanilla, sweetish finish, alcohol and warmth without being too boozy. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky. Very tasty, alcohol is present but not that boozy for a 14%. Feels like a bit mellowed out version of the classic. (bottle, Pivonka, Hradec Kralove)

Cristobal37 (1323) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 16, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2017 4 Orangey ruby brown, no head 8 Very sweet dessert wine and raisin aroma 8 very sweet taste of raisins and dessert wine like a Hungarian Tokaj. 5 sweeeet wine for a long time 15 Probably the best and most balanced Samichlaus I've had yet. Does Barrique mean barrel aged with this one? It's certainly sweet so I wonder what kind of barrels they've used.

IslandHaole (1301) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2017
What a complete surprise to find this at my local liquor store in northern Japan! What a contrast from the last beer (A Flemish Sour Ale) I had, this is very sweet, loads of sweet malt to the point of absurdity, nearly a malt syrup, sweet tea, toffee, butterscotch and spun honey. The taste is just as, if not more so, syrup. Slick feel, chewy, definitely a dessert beer. Similar to an Eiswein or rich Port, intense sweet flavors. The alcohol can’t be masked, they try very hard to do so but the warming is very evident. I wish I had someone to share the bottle with, not a beer you can drink a few of alone!

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